Paper Plate Hover Craft
Nozzle: a pipe used to direct the flow of a fluid, either liquid or gas
Target Audience Minimum Age
Target Audience Maximum Age
Duration in Minutes
Students will gain a basic understanding of a nozzle and a begin exploring engineering.
1 yard of duct tape- $0.10
1 balloon- $0.13
1 straw- $0.13
1 paper plate- $0.14
Materials/Costs in $
Prep Time in Minutes
Optional: precut the straws
Does the craft actually hover and move?
Flip the paper plate over and poke a hole in the center.
Insert the straw into the plate until it is just above the table. Cut off the top of the straw, leaving about 2-3 inches.
Place the balloon over the straw and tape it in place.
Inflate the balloon by blowing into the exposed straw on the underside of the plate. Check that air flowing out of the balloon only comes through the straw. Plug any holes with duct tape.
To test: Blow through the straw to inflast the balloon. Pinch the neck of the balloon closed and set the plated on a flat table or surface. Let the balloon go and the hover craft should float just above and glide across the table.